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Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

Main Street Block Party a Fall Hit

Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

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There's no question that 2018 was a challenging year for the Roosevelt Island Marlins. Yet, throughout it all, and with a great deal of support from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, our parents, coaches and swimmers continued to work hard and thrive, producing fantastic results.

This season, swim team members qualified for the Junior Olympics, the Eastern Zone Championships, and the Speedo Sectionals. Club records were broken; and all s...

March 11, 2019

R&R Concerts, the concert series that has been presenting extraordinary performances of classical music on Roosevelt Island for more than a decade will now be known as Roosevelt Island Concerts. As one of the few New York series presenting both chamber music and orchestral concerts, its rich repertoire draws audiences from Roosevelt Island and throughout New York City.  

 Promo video for October 2018 concert by Xi Wang

The first event presented as...

Students in Class 402, spread the love on Valentine’s Day in honor of Respect For All Week

PS/IS 217 was bustling with especially enthusiastic students last month. Not merely due to the fun and engaging learning and growing that typically happens here, but because at the end of February we celebrated Respect for All week! Students from PreK - eighth grade were eager to tackle the Kindness Challenge checklist, and participated in daily activities t...

February 11, 2019

Our wonderful new library will soon open in its new home at 504 Main Street in the fall of 2019. RIOC is working on a plan to transform the outdoor space immediately behind it and sent a questionnaire to residents soliciting their opinions, that is due by February 13.

The questionnaire asks if they would like moveable or stationary seating, a quiet or active place, and a few other simple questions. This represents a great and exciting opportunity for R...

October 7, 2018

As many of you may know, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is the nonprofit responsible for

operatingand programming Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on the southern tip of the island. The park, which was designed by acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, is named in honor of both President Roosevelt and his Four Freedoms address, which outlined FDR’s vision for a more just and equitable world.

Our mission, as stewards of this state park,...

June 10, 2018

Navigators USA Chapter 223, also known as the Roosevelt Island Navigators, is our new, co-ed, secular scouting alternative. Meetings will take place in the 455 Main Street party room. The next Navigators meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21, 6:00 p.m.

Navigators USA was founded in 2003 by a couple of former leaders from Boy Scout Troop 103 in Harlem, who recognized the need for an alternative scouting experience. Navigators USA teaches many of the...

June 3, 2018

The Child Center of NY’s Beacon centers serve as a community hub for children, teens, and adults. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun place for community members to come together, and to provide them with a healthy, enriching environment through education, recreation, and the arts. We work especially with our young people to build character and set lifelong goals. These centers are truly a place to grow.

Beacon youth programs are designed to help par...

May 16, 2018

For our Roosevelt Island neighbors who may have wondered what happens beneath our bubbled roof, we’d like to introduce ourselves. 

We are the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC), the indoor tennis courts located between the Tram and Sportspark. RIRC is a year-round indoor facility with a full range of programs for all ages. Members and non-members alike are taking advantage of the quality programs, amenities, and ambience of one of the metro area’s to...

March 10, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) continues to be the voice of individuals with disabilities living on Roosevelt Island. We are an independent organization whose mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life for Islanders with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Our services include education and outreach to organizations and facilities that can assist our members in living a more independent and socially active life, a...

February 8, 2018

Thrilled by the opportunity to offer a new collection to our users, I must admit that I removed an archive that I have since learned was of great significance to our patrons. It was an error that I profoundly regret. Once I realized my mistake, the branch immediately undertook an intensive effort to rebuild the archive. With a generous donation of materials from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and its president, Judith Berdy, the Library now...

January 22, 2018

The city of New York doesn’t need another church service; the city needs family. This is one of the biggest convictions that drives Hope Church and its growth on and around the Island. 

We know that, though New York is a city of millions, it can be one of the most isolating places in the world. And so we believe that whether it’s a family of four, a 23-year-old student from Cornell Tech, or a 65-year-old single woman who has lived on the Island for the...

December 5, 2017

Did you ever see the film Cheaper by the Dozen? Based upon the autobiographical book by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Cary, this 1950 Technicolor movie describes growing up in a family of 12 children.

Well, I haven’t, as of yet, seen this film. In reality, I have no need. I was raised in a home with more than a dozen children (same parents; I’m number five). 

Looking back, I’m not sure if my involvement in the routine Shabbat and hol...

November 11, 2017

A few years ago, one of our neighbors on Roosevelt Island died of starvation. PayItForward, a subcommittee of the Social, Cultural & Educational Committee of the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association (RIRA), was formed to make sure that nothing like that ever occurs again. 

Members of PayItForward contacted the medical and religious communities to build a list of food-challenged neighbors who might need and appreciate a holiday food distribution. Wit...

October 30, 2017

According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, producing and transporting food from farms to our tables uses 10 percent of the energy, 50 percent of the land, and 80 percent of the freshwater in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food is discarded. The New York City Department of Sanitation says that more than one third of the 10,500 tons of garbage it collects each day is food scraps and yard waste. This equates to more than 1.1 mi...

October 18, 2017

For those of you that don’t know, we have had multiple recent suicides on Roosevelt Island. We lost two Island women due to suicide in a two month period. I believe one jumped from a window, and the other jumped off her balcony. Approximately five years ago, another woman jumped off a balcony. I believe we, as a community, need to have a conversation to address mental health in our community and learn some tools to help combat its effects. 

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